Farewell for now!

At the last cluster meeting in Helsinki (17 September 2013), all pending reports were presented and approved. The Rail Baltica Growth Corridor and Scandria representatives developed a new policy action proposal to the Macroregional Transport Action Plan that will be included in the MTAP 2013 edition.

The cluster partnership agreed to promote the cooperation results at the TEN-T Days (16-18 October) and the EU Baltic Sea Strategy Annual Summit (11-12 November). The cluster work was also featured in an exhibition stand of the Swedish Transport Administration.

At the dedicated meeting with the European Commission during the TEN-T Days in Tallinn, the legacy of the cluster cooperation was presented and possible next steps discussed in collaboration on implementing the TEN-T core network corridors in the Baltic Sea Region.

In summary

The cluster cooperation has been found instrumental in providing a streamlined regional level contribution to the strategic transport planning in the Baltic Sea Region. The cluster has created a neutral meeting place for projects to jointly work on green transport solutions, harmonise outputs and to communicate outcomes to the target audience in a consistent manner.

The cluster partnership has become a serious partner for the European Commission and the EUSBSR Transport Priority Area Coordinators in a dialogue on transport and regional growth policy developments.

There is a clear benefit to promote the cluster initiative in the BSR Programme 2014-2020 and we postulate to launch it from the very outset, in order to offer better opportunities for the projects from all application rounds to synergise and minimise overlaps

Outlook for 2014

The BSR TransGovernance project volunteered to offer a platform for the cluster projects to continue exchanging of experience throughout 2014 after the termination of the cluster activities.

The cluster partnership is also invited to attend the final conference of the Bothnian Green Logistics project (Umeå, Sweden, 6-7 March 2014).

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Post last edited by wiktor den 20 December 2013